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Product Type: Toys
Age: Early Elementary School Years
Categories: Activity and Craft Kits
Subcategories: Art with a Scientific Edge

 

 
2013 Awards
Creativity for Kids Grow a Hedgehog
(Creativity for Kids $12 Score:)

Paint the plastic hedgehog planter, paste on the wiggly eyes and bow. Now, you are ready to grow a hedgehog! Add and fill the planter tray with the supplied potting mix. Plant the seeds and keep them moist with the spray bottle until the wheatgrass seeds sprout in 3-5 days. A little art, a little science, and a lot of learning fun. Be forewarned: the box shows the hedgehog's face blushed with yellow, but there is no yellow in the kit. It comes with white, tan and black paint. Perhaps you can use a yellow marker to add this detail. 5 & up.

SNAP: Keep a photo journal of the process with your child in the pictures. Turn them into a small book that tells about each stage. This kind of activity builds reading and pre-reading skills and puts the child in the center of the action.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
Alex Scanimagic
(Alex $23.99 Score:)

You may have seen the book called Gallop with its moving images. This wonderful toy allows children to create their own moving images. The case and markers come with premade art that young kids color. Then they close the case and turn the dials to see their colorful creation come to life. The kit comes loaded with a roller in place and a spare roller with more images that can replace the original. We usually steer clear of coloring toys that are not open-ended. But this goes beyond simple coloring. It's a little magic, science and illusion. Younger kids will need help with setting it up and adding the second roller. 

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2000 Awards
Hanging Bird Feeder & Bird Houses Kits
(TWC of America $16 Score:) These beautifully crafted pine kits with rounded edges and predrilled holes make them hands down the best birdhouse kits for kids on the market. Kids will be more invested in bird watching if they have a hand in constructing the kits to attract the birds. Younger kids can help with the decoration or hammering, but even older kids will need adult assistance. Also great: Feeder with plexi-glass windows ($20); Bird house ($16). 8 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2000.

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1999 Awards
I Made My Telescope
(Kahoot $13 Score:) Testers have consistently loved this series of hands-on science kits. I Made My Telescope (in ten easy steps, really!) calls for reading and following directions. When the deed is done you have a low powered scope that can be used for several activities suggested in the booklet. Great parent/child projects for 5s to 7s or solo for 8 and up. Also top-rated, I Made My Microscope and I Made My Periscope. 770-704-6009

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 1999.

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1998 Awards
I Made My Kaleidoscope
(Kahoot $13 Score:) Kids make their own Kaleidoscope with unbreakable Mylar mirrors and an end piece that can be loaded with ever-changing contents. Great parent/child projects for 5s to 7s or solo for 8 and up. Also top-rated, I Made My Microscope and I Made My Periscope 770-704-6009

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 1998.

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2001 Award
Kidology's Buried Treasure Kits
(Learning Resources $17.95 Score:) For beginners look for these easy to chip away at kits with Castle, Egyptian, or Mayan Treasure themes. These do not come with protective glasses- we wish they did! We are not recommending the new for 2002 hanging dig projects. testers found these extremely difficult to unearth.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Awards
I Dig Dinosaurs and Egyptian Dig
(Action Products $24.95 Score:) These archeological digs got high ratings even though they are harder to chip away. This is a craft that takes time and patience. In time kids unearth treasures that they can paint and display. These kits come with safety goggles. 7 and up

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2002 Award
Mini Windowsill Garden
(Creativity for Kids $14 Score:) A ceramic set with two mini flowerpots. watering can, tray, and mini hand tools. Kids paint and then plant with soil and fast-growing wheat seed that are also included. Pots are smaller than they look on the box, but charming. A nice gif t for a child to give to a teacher.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2003 Award
Tie Dye Kit
(Creativity for Kids $19.95 Score:) Recently reintroduced, this refreshed kit is still a clever twist on a popular craft. Here's what we wrote back in 2003. Under the heading, "What will they think of next?" here's the latest in tie-dye convenience. The dye is in the string that you use with your own tee-shirts or pillowcases. A good outdoor craft project. Our tester reported, "Don't use the same water twice, it comes out muddy."

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Award
Blopens Magic Color Change Kit
(Color Workshop $14.99 Score:) Kids get airbrush effects with the ten Blopens plus a Secret Writer color changer marker, stencils, and 3-D glasses that make drawings look awesome! 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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